Politics Section

League of Women Voters sponsoring ‘Ballots & Baristas’ event on Tues., Nov. 1

League of Women Voters sponsoring ‘Ballots & Baristas’ event on Tues., Nov. 1

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a nonpartisan, well-informed community conversation about King County ballot measures on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Burien Starbucks located at... [Read more]

‘Good chance’ to reverse decision to push more airplane noise over Burien

‘Good chance’ to reverse decision to push more airplane noise over Burien

In front of a packed house at Gregory Heights Elementary School Tuesday night (Oct. 25), the newly-founded citizen’s group Quiet Skies Coalition said that it will…

Port Commissioners delay vote on funding for Flight Corridor Safety program

Port Commissioners delay vote on funding for Flight Corridor Safety program

For the second time in a month, Port of Seattle Commissioners have delayed a vote on approving additional funding for the Port’s proposed Flight Corridor Safety Program…

LETTER: Former Burien Councilmember on School Bond in Voter’s Pamphlet

LETTER: Former Burien Councilmember on School Bond in Voter’s Pamphlet

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear Friends, I sat down today to fill... [Read more]

Burien Council considers dumping new logo; wants more warning on airport noise

Burien Council considers dumping new logo; wants more warning on airport noise

By Jack Mayne The new proposed Burien logo was sent back to the drawing board as too complicated, not very inspiring,  and even boring at a study session Monday night, Oct. 24. Many Councilmembers even... [Read more]

Proposed new Burien logo sent back to drawing board Monday night

Proposed new Burien logo sent back to drawing board Monday night

A proposed new Burien logo was sent back to the drawing board as too complicated, not very inspiring, even boring at the Burien City Council study session on Monday night, Oct. 24. Interim City Manager... [Read more]

REMINDER: Anti-airplane noise ‘Quiet Skies Coalition’ first meeting is Tuesday

REMINDER: Anti-airplane noise ‘Quiet Skies Coalition’ first meeting is Tuesday

REMINDER: The first Public Meeting for the ‘Quiet Skies Coalition’ – a group of Burien residents opposed to the recent increase in airplane noise – will be held this TUESDAY, Oct. 25 at... [Read more]

PODCAST: Burien man sentenced for shooting; Jack Mayne on airport; more…

PODCAST: Burien man sentenced for shooting; Jack Mayne on airport; more…

Here’s episode #73 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce endorses Highline School bond

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce endorses Highline School bond

EDITOR’S NOTE: South King Media is an active member of the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce. The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday (Oct. 21) that it is endorsing Prop.... [Read more]

Council may approve new Burien logo Monday night; sneak peek + take our poll

Council may approve new Burien logo Monday night; sneak peek + take our poll

The Burien City Council will review and perhaps approve new branding – including a new logo – for the city at Monday night’s (Oct. 24) Study Session. The city has contracted with JayRay, a creative agency... [Read more]

School District’s requested impact fee held by Council to get input from other cities

School District’s requested impact fee held by Council to get input from other cities

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council unanimously held up the establishment of a school impact fee program requested by the Highline School District, suggesting the district collaborate with all of the... [Read more]

King County Sheriff John Urquhart endorses ‘Yes for Schools’ Prop. 1 bond

King County Sheriff John Urquhart endorses ‘Yes for Schools’ Prop. 1 bond

King County Sheriff John Urquhart this week endorsed Prop. 1 – the Highline Public Schools bond on the Nov. 8 ballot. Here’s his full endorsement: YES FOR HIGHLINE’S PROP 1 ENDORSEMENT STATEMENT BY... [Read more]

Anti-airplane noise ‘Quiet Skies Coalition’ to hold first public meeting Oct. 25

Anti-airplane noise ‘Quiet Skies Coalition’ to hold first public meeting Oct. 25

The first Public Meeting for the ‘Quiet Skies Coalition’ – a group of Burien residents opposed to the recent increase in airplane noise – will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Gregory Heights... [Read more]

Talk about ‘Climate Outloud’ at Burien Library on Saturday, Nov. 12

Talk about ‘Climate Outloud’ at Burien Library on Saturday, Nov. 12

‘Climate Outloud’ – an open, free meeting about the environment – will be held at the Burien Library on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. The Burien Library is located at 400 SW 152nd Street. Youth... [Read more]

PODCAST: Gunshots a mystery; new Interim City Manager; Jack Mayne…

PODCAST: Gunshots a mystery; new Interim City Manager; Jack Mayne…

Here’s episode #72 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Meet Candidate Pramila Jayapal this Sunday, Oct. 16

Meet Candidate Pramila Jayapal this Sunday, Oct. 16

From Burien resident Toni Lysen: Congressman Jim McDermott is retiring, and all are invited to meet a candidate who is running to succeed him – State Senator Pramila Jayapal – this Sunday, Oct. 16,... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident wants to put Initiative to add 18 cops on Nov. 2017 ballot

LETTER: Resident wants to put Initiative to add 18 cops on Nov. 2017 ballot

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear Council Members, Burien Public Safety... [Read more]

Port holding Community Meeting on Flight Corridor Tuesday, Nov. 1

Port holding Community Meeting on Flight Corridor Tuesday, Nov. 1

The Port of Seattle will be holding a Community Meeting and Open House on the Flight Corridor Safety Program – intended to remove around 2,800 trees at and around Sea-Tac Airport – on Tuesday, Nov.... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools holding Open Houses & School Tours this Wed. & Thurs.

Highline Public Schools holding Open Houses & School Tours this Wed. & Thurs.

Highline Public Schools wants area residents to “Get Informed on the School Bond” by attending free and open School Tours & Open Houses this week. “See for yourself,” the district... [Read more]

City Council appoints former Des Moines city manager as interim Burien manager

City Council appoints former Des Moines city manager as interim Burien manager

After an hour-plus interview of two candidates, the Burien City Council voted 5-0 Monday night (Oct. 10) to appoint retired Des Moines City Manager Tony Piasecki as interim manager of Burien…

JACK MAYNE: It’s time to stop requiring students to attend dangerous schools

JACK MAYNE: It’s time to stop requiring students to attend dangerous schools

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://b-townblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/JackMayneonSchoolBond.mp3 It is time to stop requiring the students... [Read more]

PODCAST: Creepy Clowns, illegal fireworks, school bond, weather & more…

PODCAST: Creepy Clowns, illegal fireworks, school bond, weather & more…

Here’s episode #71 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

THE BLOG ENDORSES: Vote YES on the Highline School Bond Nov. 8

THE BLOG ENDORSES: Vote YES on the Highline School Bond Nov. 8

For the first time in our nearly nine-year history, we’ve decided to endorse a political issue – we are encouraging all our Readers to vote “YES” on Proposition No. 1 for Highline Schools Nov. 8…

Council holding special meeting Monday night to find Interim City Manager

Council holding special meeting Monday night to find Interim City Manager

The Burien City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday night, Oct. 10, to conduct interviews with Interim City Manager candidates. The meeting will start at 6 p.m., and will be held in the... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools holding Open Houses & School Tours starting Oct. 10

Highline Public Schools holding Open Houses & School Tours starting Oct. 10

Highline Public Schools wants residents to “learn how aging and crowded schools are impacting students” – they will be holding three Open Houses/School Tours starting Oct. 10. “All... [Read more]

Burien gets grant for new police officers; ‘Quiet Skies’ will fight airport noise

Burien gets grant for new police officers; ‘Quiet Skies’ will fight airport noise

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council was told Monday night (Oct. 3) that it had received a $375,000 federal grant to pay for part of the salaries of up to three additional police officers. and that a... [Read more]